A collection of Rock and Roll photos from the mid 70’s through mid 80’s taken while on the road with these classic acts, (and a few of recent shots too)
Picking up my camera, is like meeting with an old friend. We have this wonderful relationship, which helps me to express what I see and would like to share with others.
This quote from Joseph Campbell’s, The Masks of God, Volume IV: Creative Mythology, puts it best for me:
“Creative artists … are mankind’s wakeners to recollection: summoners of our outward mind to conscious contact with ourselves, not as participants in this or that morsel of history, but as spirit, in the consciousness of being. Their task, therefore, is to communicate directly from one inward world to another, in such a way that an actual shock of experience will have been rendered: not a mere statement for the information or persuasion of a brain, but an effective communication across the void of space and time from one center of consciousness to another”
These classic photographs are part of “Rock and Roll” history, now and for many years to come. In this photo series, these images document moments of the past, time stopped, on a very busy touring schedule. They capture the true essences of the artist on stage performing, focused, smiles, laughs, fun, and communicating, to the delight of the concertgoers.
In creating these images it is my intent to bring back memories of “performances”and “the artist”, to strike at the audiences soul, and have that be shared with young and old alike. (Maybe you were there)
The Artist’s Process:
When I go to a shoot outdoors or on location indoors, I look at light. Where it will land and where it comes from. I look at the subject and develop an idea on how to shoot and what I need to do to get the shot. Then I forget everything I just thought of and shoot. At concerts you have to work with the lighting that is there, no control, so to speak, you have to be on your toes and wait for the right light to shoot the artist. But in the meantime, I shoot.
When I get behind the lens, well, I just become part of the whole experience. I loose myself in the viewfinder. I become so focused on the subject that time seems to suspend itself. When I am there, it is a kind of meditation.
Nick Busco has been taking photographs since the age of 10. Shooting with his Kodak Browne Hawkeye Outfit, that he received as a gift on his first communion, he learned a bit about lighting and framing. (Of course, Nick still has his Brownie!)
As he continued to shoot in high school for the yearbook, with a borrowed camera, he learned more about exposure, film and composition.
Then on to his days at Emerson College in Boston where he purchase his first SLR, the Pentax Spotmatic. There he got a better understanding of developing, film speed, color film, shooting in low light and concert settings.
Then in the summer of 1976, the bi-centennial year, Nick had the good fortune to be hired by a premier “Rock and Roll” lighting company out of Somerville, Mass, Tom Field Associates, and the next thing you know he was out on the road.
He started out, driving trucks, forklifts, building stages and roofing systems for outdoor shows. Then on to building lighting systems, head electrics, lighting designer, and video consulting, stage and production manager and even did a little audio.
At that time, Nick had the presence of mind to take his camera on the road and was able to capture one of a kind images of these artists while he tour with them.
Combined with his eye for composition, lighting and color, these photos, taken from the “Best Seat” in the house, are extraordinary images that date back from the mid 70’s to early 80‘s.
Nick has gone on to photograph models, landscapes, nature, travel, animals, merchandise, architecture, events, candid photos, and of course “Rock and Roll”.
Nick has his own boutique production company here in West Hurley, NY, producing and directing, for the corporate, music, film, documentary and television markets. And last year he partnered up in a new venture, providing photography, video and creative services for e commerce sites.
Today, besides shooting photos, Nick has a personal project; he is in process of directing/producing a documentary about the creative people and crew talent that helped make the music business grow, their contributions and what they are doing today.
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